# things about me (exact number to be determined later)  

PillsburyCodeBoy 60M
479 posts
9/12/2005 6:41 am

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# things about me (exact number to be determined later)

I've seen several of these "# Things About Me" lists lately. I wasn't sure I wanted to do this, but then I thought, why not? I've stayed away from obvious things you regular readers already know, like the fact that I have a son who's a lovable little nut.

1. I was born in Mississippi and lived there 18 of the first 21 years of my life.
2. Despite having lived my formative years in Mississippi, most people say I don't have a Southern accent.
3. I can trace my family back to Mississippi five generations.
4. Both my grandmothers were of French ancestry.
5. The rest of my ancestry is Scottish.
6. With apologies to my Scottish ancestors, I hate the taste of scotch.
7. With apologies to my fellow Southerners, I hate Moon Pies.
8. I've lived in every state that starts with an "I" except Idaho.
9. I've also lived in Florida.
10. I've lived in my present location 10 years this month. That's exactly twice as long as the longest I've lived anywhere else.
11. I've visited 30 states.
12. Except for some day trips to Mexican border towns, I've never been outside the United States.
13. I'm a Thursday's child. If you don't know the nursery rhyme, that means I have far to go.
14. I was born one day less than nine months after my parents got married.
15. My only sibling, a brother, was born one day less than two and a half years after me.
16. I get along very well with my brother, even though we don't see each other often.
17. My parents are a different story. I argue with them loudly and often.
18. My favorite color is blue, followed very closely by purple.
19. I like pink, too. But don't tell anyone.
20. My favorite flavor is orange.
21. I love citrus-flavored desserts. I have a particular weakness for key lime pie and lemon bars.
22. I love good coffee. Even decaf if it's good quality.
23. I'm learning to appreciate wine. I have an excellent mentor to thank for that.
24. I like to drink my wine with ice in it. Not even my mentor can convince me otherwise.
25. I was in the Navy for a couple of years straight out of high school. I didn't like it much, but it was good for me in some ways.
26. I feel guilty that I didn't enjoy being in the military more.
27. Despite having been in the Navy, I'm not crazy about the beach.
28. For someone who doesn't care for the beach, I spend a lot of vacations there. That's because the rest of my family loves it, and I love seeing them have a good time.
29. I enjoy cities. I would rather vacation in a big city than anywhere else.
30. Some of my favorite vacations have been to places that most people wouldn't consider obvious vacation spots. For example, I vacationed in Baltimore a few years ago and fell in love with it.
31. I like cats better than dogs.
32. I hate guinea pigs and hedgehogs.
33. I think snakes are cool.
34. I'm afraid of spiders.
35. I blush easily but not about anything specific. I can't predict what will make me blush.
36. I'm not embarrassed to buy feminine hygiene products.
37. I once put a hospital gown on backwards, and I was the only one who didn't notice. That didn't embarrass me, either.
38. I have a lot of formal education, but the main thing it's taught me is how much I don't know.

Well, that was fun. But I can't think of anything more for now. Maybe later.

rm_jayR63 59F
1884 posts
9/12/2005 4:21 pm

I don't care for Baltimore not one bit
Much prefer DC
Geographically, I am about an hour from either one.

rm_pootle47 58F

9/12/2005 4:52 pm

Now this explains a great deal. I find I'm very drawn to Southern men. They have a way with words and I can't read accents.

What are moon pies?

PillsburyCodeBoy 60M

9/12/2005 5:53 pm

pootle, the original Moon Pie is two graham crackers with marshmallow in the middle, covered with some kind of chocolate, vanilla, or banana coating that's way too sweet for my taste (I also think it's kind of waxy). And I don't like marshmallow, either. They now have fruit-filled Moon Pies. That's just wrong, too. Moon Pies were born in Chattanooga, Tennessee in 1917. So Southerners consider them a delicacy, and liking or disliking them will define how much of a true Southerner you really are. Needless to say, with my attitude toward them, I'm considered a traitor to my heritage.

PillsburyCodeBoy 60M

9/12/2005 7:24 pm

jayR, it would perhaps be more accurate to say I fell in love with Maryland. It was late June, five years ago. We drove from Baltimore down the Eastern Shore to Ocean City (you knew I'd fit a trip to the beach in there, didn't you?), and the black-eyed Susans were everywhere and gorgeous. Back home I tried to grow them for several years afterwards, but to no avail. The weather was probably hot by Maryland standards, but by Texas standards, it was comfortable. People were incredibly friendly. We spent most of our time in Baltimore and did plenty of tourist things. The sense of history was palpable. We had a wonderful time. I regret not getting over to your part of the state, though. But I had to leave something for next time.

rm_sj365 55F
2414 posts
9/12/2005 7:25 pm

yayy another list! and a good one too. I am amazed at how many people are afraid of spiders..besides me. I love orange... as a redhead I cant really wear orange clothing well, but I love the color.

PillsburyCodeBoy 60M

9/13/2005 6:43 am

Thanks for the compliment, sj. I like the list on your blog, too. Yours was one of the first ones I noticed, along with duststormdiva's and CruelKitty's. I'm not sure how this whole "# things about someone" phenomenon got started on here, but I first ran across it in Because of Winn-Dixie (first the book, then the movie).

I could have listed that I once lived in Des Moines, but I decided not to get that specific. I liked Des Moines except for the winter weather. I realize that's like saying one likes Hawaii except for the sun, sand, and surf.

If a redhead wears orange and blushes easily, would she resemble a walking fireball? Just wondering aloud. Might come in handy for Halloween.

rm_jayR63 59F
1884 posts
9/13/2005 7:53 pm

Well, that's entirely different.

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